On November 9, 1972, Boston Bruin’s John Bucyk became the seventh NHL player to score his 1000th career point with a goal against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Bruins finished the game with a 8-3 victory.
Bucyk started his career with the Red Wings in 1955 and shipped off to Boston after two seasons. He spent 21 years with the Bruins before retiring at the end of the 1977-78 season.
The Edmonton native was nicknamed “the Chief” after a newspaper cartoonist mistook him for a Native Canadian. He played for the Junior Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings with his brother Bill. After bouncing between the Oil Kings and Red Wings for two seasons he was discovered by Boston general manager Lynn Patrick.
At the end of his career, Bucyk held records in multiple categories. He played 21 seasons comprised of 1,436 games. He scored 545 goals and 794 assists, totaling 1,339 points.
Bucyk was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for “gentlemanly conduct and high standard of playing ability” twice along side being named to two All-Star teams.
Bucyk also has two Stanley Cup rings. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the class of 1981.
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